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Miyakonojo City , Miyazaki
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Embraced by Kirishima - Local performing art of Yamada, spinning the breath of Satsuma into the present -    

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Yamada-cho, which extends over in the Kirishima basin, is stipulated as Shimazu-eki in Engishiki. It is reported that in the Heian period, Taira no Suemoto cultivated the land and donated it to Fujiwara Yorimichi, which is said to be the start of Shimazu-no-sho.

Sumojinku (sumo songs and dances): In 1901, Maeda Masana developed channels and paddy fields that began to be constructed, allowing latitude to peoples lives. The holding of sumo tournaments and summer festivals began, and these were developed to form sumojinku (sumo songs and dances). For the purpose of praying to Suwa Shrine of the Segaya region for abundant crops, Tawara Odori (tawara dance) also began. In 1598, Shimazu Yoshihiro dispatched troops in the Korea expedition, and won a hard-fought victory. It is the bo odori (stick dance) of Hirayama that encouraged Yoshihiro to adopt a universal conscription system. Bara Odori of Yamauchi region is the dance dedicated to Yasuhara Shrine, which Ashikaga Takauji was said to raise and it is reported that the dance expresses battles with Kumaso.

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